On October 22, 2008 Brenda Clubine was released from prison after serving 26 years for defending herself against her abusive husband.

She now continues with her advocacy by speaking out about the dangers of abusive relationships in hopes that people will continue to make a difference in the struggle against domestic violence.

"I waited and dreamed for 26 years to once again be able to feel the water on my toes at the beach.

I realize for some that isn't a big deal. But, for the morning after my release it was the most amazing moment I could have had!"

Speaking Events

Brenda Clubine brings an amazing dynamic to any event dealing with the issues of domestic violence. She is the embodiment of survival and hope, and through her story is able to bring awareness to an entirely new level. As a survivor, she knows firsthand the complexities of abusive relationships. As an advocate, she knows how to inspire change and create awareness surrounding the ever growing epidemic of domestic violence.

Brenda also brings a unique dynamic to her presentation through the documentary, Sin by Silence, which features her amazing journey from victim to survivor. Countless organizations have been utilizing the film as a tool to bring a new element to their events, while having Brenda speak afterward to help be the tie that brings hearts and minds together to bring about positive social change throughout communities. No one who witnesses an event with Brenda Clubine will ever be the same!




“Brenda’s determination and courageous spirit influences her audience, both women and men to get involved in the fight against domestic and sexual violence. After seeing the film “Sin By Silence,” and listening to Brenda Clubine’s life experience, all law enforcement, prosecutor’s and judges will better understand why women recant and why it’s important to prosecute even without the victim’s testimony.”
YWCA Lafayette, IN

“Our audience of over four hundred undergrad students demonstrated tremendous respect, compassion, and honor over and over for Brenda’s courage!”
Vanguard University of Southern California, Center for Women’s Studies

“Brenda embodies the essence of hope and what it means to never give up. She is an inspiration to us all.”
Crystal Judson Family Justice Center in Tacoma, WA

“Brenda is a gifted speaker who encourages young women to critically think about how domestic violence has impacted (or can impact) their own lives, and gives them the tools to support others who are trying to leave abusive relationships.”
Arizona State University, Women’s Studies Center

“Brenda’s courage, warmth and understanding were inspiring to all. We are fortunate to have such a powerful advocate speaking for victims and survivors of domestic violence.”
Domestic Violence Advisory Council, Kern County

“Brenda Clubine has an amazing way of speaking about domestic violence in a manner that captivates an audience. While this is a topic that many people like to ignore, when you hear Brenda speak about domestic violence you realize that you have to care about this topic. Through her story (and her great sense of humor), Brenda is able to inspire people to take action to work to end domestic violence.”
Pacific Lutheran University, Sociology Department

“Brenda is an amazing person, who has gone through extremely difficult times both before and during her time in prison. In spite of this, she helped start Convicted Women Against Abuse, a group of her fellow inmates, which has become a key place for the members to educate themselves and each other, heal from years of abuse, and take action to create a new avenue for getting out of prison via habeas petitions. Her intelligence, passion, and determination to keep working until all battered women are released is deeply inspiring.”
Dr. Nancy Lemon, Berkeley Law School